Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
  • Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
  • Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
  • Cornus controversa 'Variegata'
  • Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

Cornus controversa 'Variegata'

£47.50

(Wedding Cake Tree) A popular and beautiful small tree with cream variegated leaves and distinct tiers of branches once established.

Quantity
Supplied Size: 4L/5L pots (3 - 4 years old, 40 - 50 cm tall)

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A popular and beautiful small tree with cream variegated leaves and distinct tiers of branches once established. The leaves are dappled with white and cream variegation and in summer, clusters of small, white flowers appear on the branches.

Cornus controversa 'Variegata' is a classic garden plant which will develop a strongly tiered habit.


  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade..
  • Soil: Any fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Flowering Period: June.
  • Flower Colour: White
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Small tree with a handsome tiered shape once established.
    • Height: 10 m (32 ft) / [up to 2.5m (8 ft) in ten years]
    • Spread: 6 m (20 ft) / [2m (6 ft) in ten years]
  • Pruning: After planting, look for a strongly growing stem developing after about two to four years, perhaps growing at an odd angle but obviously much more vigorous than the normal shoots.

    Train this stem vertically (usually up a thin bamboo cane or similar) to form the trunk and basis of the tiered structure. Some plants occasionally produce two or even three of these vigorous "leaders", in this case remove all but the most central one.

  • Notes: This plant is similar to the lovely Cornus alternifolia 'Argentea' in appearance, only more vigorous, larger and perhaps slightly more robust.

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Eventual Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall), Shrub - Large (over 10 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Dry / Sandy, Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Leaf Colour - Variegated

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